Cusco

Cusco

Tucked away in the Peruvian Andres is the charming and vibrant city of Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a rich history dating right back to the ancient Incas and boasting an abundance of architectural wonders. Whilst Cusco is the gateway to some of Peru’s most fascinating archaeological sites including the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the renowned Machu Picchu, it is also a wonderful City in its own right and well worth taking the time to explore. Cusco features prominently on all our Peru itineraries usually with a stay of between 2 and 4 nights.

Cusco is located at an elevation of over 11,200 feet and it is very common for visitors to experience symptoms of altitude sickness such as head-aches and mild sickness. Where possible we plan itineraries to spend time first in the Sacred Valley (which is lower than Cusco), then Cusco and then Machu Picchu to better acclimatise to the altitude.

The Plaza de Armas is in many ways the heart of the city, with plenty of places to eat and drink and fascinating historic monuments. Cusco is easy to explore independently at your pace, but a guided tour does provide significant added context to the historial sights such as the Koricancha temple and the Inca era Sacsayhuamán fortress.


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Itineraries

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Comprehensive 20-day Peruvian trip encompassing Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Sacred Valley and Amazon. Short one-day trek to Machu Picchu. Classic level hotels and lodges.

Tailor-made Classic 1 - 1 hour

Adults from $5,292 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,413 per person economy class from London

15-day Peru holiday for energetic, outdoorsy families (12yo+) with a keen sense of adventure who want to trek the Inca Trail and experience Peru's highlights. Includes the Sacred Valley, Cusco, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu and Amazon.

Tailor-made Classic 15 days

Families from $3,485 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,413 per person economy class from London

Luxury 13 day family adventure in Peru offering perfect mix of culture, history and activity. Visit Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu & stay in a remote Amazon jungle lodge.

Tailor-made Luxury 13 days

Families from $5,401 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,413 per person economy class from London

16 day family adventure in Peru combining the highlights of Peru's Inca & Amazon areas with relaxing time on the beach.

Tailor-made Luxury 16 days

Families from $5,066 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,413 per person economy class from London

8 Day Peru trip including the classic 4-day Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley and Cusco.

Tailor-made Adventure 8 days

Adults from $1,371 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,028 per person economy class from London

Families from $1,297 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,028 per person economy class from London

9 Day Peru Trip combining the Salkantay Trail , Cusco and The Sacred Valley.

Tailor-made Adventure 9 days

Adults from $1,702 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,028 per person economy class from London

Families from $1,621 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,028 per person economy class from London

8-day Peru trip including the moderately-challenging Lares Trek to Machu Picchu, with time pre and post trek in Cusco and the Sacred Valley

Tailor-made Adventure 8 days

Adults from $2,049 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,028 per person economy class from London

Families from $1,621 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,028 per person economy class from London

The ultimate Peruvian adventure for budget-conscious families. Explore Lima and the ruins of the Sacred Valley, experience vibrant Cusco and trek the Inca Trail.

Tailor-made Classic 12 days

Families from $1,906 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,285 per person economy class from London

Family adventure in Peru offering perfect blend of culture, history and activity. Visit Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu & stay in a remote Amazon jungle lodge.

Tailor-made Classic 13 days

Families from $3,132 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,413 per person economy class from London

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Accommodation

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Historic, eco-friendly property
- Centrally located in Cusco
- Walking, horse riding, motorbike excursions

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Upmarket boutique hotel steeped in history
- Well located for exploring Cusco
- Lovely central courtyard
- Butler service, spa, gym, yoga, cookery class

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Historic property with contemporary touches
- Excellent central Cusco location
- Near main square, museums, markets, cafes
- Excursions further afield available

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Elegant historic hotel
- Tranquil central location
- Beautiful gardens and heated pool
- Personal butler service, lovely activities

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Historic, characterful boutique hotel
- Close to 'Plaza de Armas' main square
- Beautifully-presented rooms
- Good value for money

Our rating

6/10

Price guide

Price rating 2

- Charming guesthouse
- Central location
- Good Value
- Colonial courtyard

Our rating

6/10

Price guide

Price rating 2

- Simple, modern hotel in historic city centre
- Many attractions within walking distance
- Good mid-range budget option

Our rating

6/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Central Cusco location
- Attractions within walking distance
- Great mid-range option

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

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  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)

    The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.

    Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!

    Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good

    Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.

    Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.

    Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.

    MissingPippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019

  • Once again you organised a really good holiday for us.
    If there was one criticism it was that there were too many flights. I don’t know whether you could do Bangkok first, Chiang Mai, then fly down South?
    Your drivers and Guides - all really good. The variety of transport on the tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; we all loved.
    Tamarind Village - Our room was a bit of a squeeze, with the 3 of us and 3 big suitcases.
    Lisu Lodge- I enjoyed our time here. Going forward I would suggest only 1 night or they need to have some more activities. I liked how we ate on the floor, the food was really good. Staff very friendly. We liked the cycling, tea plantation, trekking and white water rafting.
    Riva Surya- good location.
    Elephant Hills- we loved looking after the elephants, the lake was also a really good experience. The guides were informative and looked after us well. The resort locations and tents were perfect.
    Santiburi - amazing; we upgraded to a beach bungalow which was fantastic. The hotel is in a stunning location, the facilities and the service was impeccable. Sam has some private Thai boxing lessons, which he loved. We had cookery lessons and used the paddle boards. A perfect end to quite a busy holiday.

    MissingNatasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019

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